Shehbaz demands immediate resignation of Imran Khan, Buzdar
In a major development, PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif on Friday demanded the immediate resignation of Prime Minister Imran Khan and Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, saying the report was an attempt to hide the “real facts” by not declaring Imran responsible for the sugar scandal.
In a statement, Shehbaz said Imran gave approval to all the decisions concerning the sugar and flour scandals, therefore, he could not shift the responsibility for that to any other person.
Imran Khan handed over the licence to loot the people, Imran Khan signed on that, he remarked.
Shehbaz said the name of the leader leading the gang which looted the people’s sugar was Imran Khan.
He asked why the prime minister allowed the export of sugar when the country didn’t have the reserves. Why the prime minister granted approval to export when the Sugar Advisory Board and the food security secretary opposed the move, the PML-N president posed another question.
The nation was looted twice – first by allowing the export and then by increasing the price by Rs36 per kilogramme, Shehbaz maintained.
From allowing sugar export to hoarding and selling the commodity at a higher price in the domestic market are the crimes of Imran Khan, he said.
Separately, PML-N senior leader Khawaja Asif told a press conference in Sialkot that the BRT Peshawar project wasn’t completed despite an expenditure of over Rs100 billion.
Imran will face accountability in the foreign funding case and medicines scandal, he remarked and warned that preparations were being made to sell all the airports and the PIA’s hotel in New York.
Khawaja Asif wondered why Imran had taken a stay order in the foreign funding case and said he was leading the actual robbery.
The PML-N leaders also held a press conference in Lahore where the party’s Punjab information secretary Azma Bokhari remarked that those giving subsidy were Sadiq and Amin while those receiving were criminals in Naya Pakistan.
Jahangir Tareen had to be disposed of after ensuring that he completed the assigned task, she added.
Speaking on the occasion, Malik Muhammad Ahmed Khan described the sugar inquiry report as deceit and said no punishment was suggested for Abdul Razak Dawood, Khusro Bakhtiar and other government officials.
Imran and Buzdar couldn’t claim innocence, he said and questioned why the NAB was looking into the angle of cabinet responsibility.
Earlier in the day, PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb said how it could be possible that the decisions regarding the sugar scandal were taken by Prime Minister Imran Khan and Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, but the corruption was committed by the mills owned by the Sharif family.
Describing the formation of inquiry commission and publishing its report as circus and drama to save Imran, Marriyum said it was Imran as prime minister who approved sugar subsidy, export and price increase in local market, but why he had not been summoned by the commission.
Give the evidence that any of the mills owned by the Sharif family exported sugar, Marriyum challenged and added how there could be any corruption when the Ramzan Sugar Mills is closed.
She said there was no mention of any of the Sharif family’s mills in the initial report and Shehbaz’s name had been added later to protect Imran.